Labor Day Weekend/Birthday Trip to DC, Day One

Hi bloggers! Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend.

For my 21st birthday this year, I wanted to take a trip to Washington DC and Old Town Alexandria. Since my birthday is right when school is starting back, I didn’t have time to do that on my birthday, so I decided to take the trip over Labor Day weekend when it wouldn’t be rushed. So here’s my Labor Day weekend/Birthday trip. (All photos from the trip are below).

Last Friday (Sep 1st), my family and I hit the road to Alexandria VA where we were going to be staying with my Uncle and his family. We got in late, so Saturday was our first full day there. Even though we have been to Washington DC before, I wanted to explore as much as possible and be a tourist again. We started the morning off with a trip to IHOP for breakfast. While I was eating egg whites and fruit, my cousin ordered Cheesecake pancakes, which were more photograph worthy.

After we had breakfast, we took the metro into DC. It was really rainy and chilly (which is my absolute favorite weather), so we chose this day to do all of our inside exploring at the museums and National Archives. Once we arrived in DC, our first stop was the National Archives. Seeing the real Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights may have been my favorite part of the trip. It was an overwhelming feeling looking at these documents.

Our next stop was the American History Museum where all the First Ladies dresses are, tons of historical items, history on Wars, the American Flag that inspired the National Anthem, and much more. Too bad the majority of the museums prohibited photography. We then went to the Air and Space Museum where everything was about planes, rockets, and space (obviously).  After that, we got back onto the metro and headed to Old Town Alexandria.

Old Town is probably one of my favorite places because of the history behind it. My favorite thing to do there, is to walk around the neighborhoods and look at all the old houses and town houses, which are filled with history and character. Once we got to Old Town, we ate dinner at O’Connell’s Pub, which was so good! When we were finished eating, we went down to the waterfront and fed our bread to the fish and ducks. We then went to Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Co. to get ice cream to take with us while walking around. Perfect way to spend a rainy day. That concludes day one of our trip.